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A list of things that CTY Coordinators don't know you need.


The items here are generally universal; they may not apply to a site or two. Please do not repost this list for individual sites.

Room Stuff

  • Flashlight - forbidden at some sites
  • Scissors
  • Snacks (no peanut/peanut products at LAN, LOS, or JHU!)
    • Ramen and other instant noodles
      • Plastic forks (unless you plan on robbing the dining hall) and a microwaveable bowl (Ramen containers are NOT microwaveable)
  • Vitamin water, energy drinks (now forbidden at CAR, LAN, LOS, BRI, SAR and EST), other drinks
  • Bring enough clothing so you don't have to do laundry

Traditionish Stuff

  • Duct tape
  • Glowsticks - for raving
    • Lanyard-type objects for stringraving (shoelaces are recommended)
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Clothes to lend for cross-dress days
  • Old CTY lanyards
  • Black lanyard -- be careful of confiscation (white Lanyard if you were lucky enough to get one in 2007)
  • A copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Fishnets, corsets, and other RHPS items
  • Masking tape/duct tape for Love Tape Day
  • Sharpie, if you want people to sign your shirt

Other Stuff

  • Camera(s)
  • Deck of cards and Poker chips - forbidden but unenforced at CAR
  • iPod and speakers
    • Batteries for any MP3 player(s)/CD player(s) you bring
  • Frisbees, balls, or minor sports equipment
  • Permanent markers
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • A hairbrush and plenty of hairties (for dances)
  • Nail clipper
  • Bubble mix
  • Facial tissues
  • Tide To Go
  • Umbrella
  • Tide Pods are great for laundry, but DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DETERGENT SLOT. THEY GO IN THE DRUM. (This caused 2 of the washers to break in EST 16.1 and 16.2)


  • Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade
  • Snacks cannot contain peanuts; they cannot even have been made in a factory that also processes peanuts or makes peanut products. RAs WILL confiscate contraband food.
  • Bathrobe and extra towels for Thursdays
  • Halloween costume
  • Fancy clothes for dances
  • Band-aids
  • IF YOU EAT KOSHER, don't bother getting the kosher meal plan. costs extra, and the KIVO has good kosher food every day anyways.


  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Assorted clothing for various theme-days
    • Fishnets and copious amounts of eyeliner for girls (Goth Day)
    • Clothes for the opposite sex to wear for Drag Day (clothes you don't mind getting ripped, stretched out, dirty, etc.)
  • Large beach towel for Passionfruit (Lower Quad is wet in the morning) and just for sitting on outside.
  • Nail polish remover for Drag Day
  • Eye makeup remover for Goth Day
  • Quarters for laundry
  • Rain jacket or umbrella

Saratoga Springs (Skidmore)

  • Insect repellent
  • Fans - if you're in Howe/Rounds, then no fans are needed.
    • 17" box fans fit perfectly in the windows and are highly recommended
  • Extra towels/bathrobes
  • Hats (especially snapbacks for Drag Day)
  • Extra Clothes to give away for Drag Day
  • Ballerina-like clothes (for Rina Day)> RIP Rina Day
  • Boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Expo Markers
  • Rainbow items for Pride Day
  • Black nail polish/lipstick for Goth Day
  • Glowsticks and Shoelaces (if you want to learn how to rave)
  • Love tape (White masking tape)
  • Frisbees
  • Swim suit or water clothes for water day
  • 'Flip Flops' and closed toed shoes
  • Any and all microwaveable foods/snacks
  • Plastic spoons/forks if you plan on eating in the dorms

Loudonville (Siena)

  • Duct tape, strong string, and clothes hangers for Fairy Princess Day
  • Clothes for Naughty Catholic Schoolgirl Day
  • A backpack
  • Snacks or change for vending machines
  • Fans - Ryan Hall, the boys' hall, is cramped and has no A/C
  • Alarm clock
  • Long-sleeved tee and/or hoodie - the movie theater and the classrooms are usually extremely cold
  • An umbrella, raincoat, and rain boots
  • Lots and lots of clothes - there are few working laundry machines

Los Angeles (LMU)

  • Bathing suits (and waterproof camera, if you have one)
  • Bathrobe - if you get caught in the shower during a fire drill (Note: Fire Drills happen the day after they tell you they will happen) (not required with or without fire drills)
  • Candy
  • Clothing of many different types, mostly dressy, for themed dances - girls
  • Comfortable shoes for dances - NO HEELS! They kill your feet.
  • Cup of noodles (the food at the cafeteria can become pretty bad by the third week)
  • Drag day outfit, or clothes to lend out on Drag Day.
    • Girls: baseball cap
    • Boys: Fake hair/ hair extensions
  • Fan (electric) - Huesman or Doheny are unbearably hot; Whelan & Rosecrans are better, and Desmond is by far the best (Desmond, however, is not perfect. Depending on the year, Desmond residents may need to use a fan every day or never.)
  • Flip flops that don't break easily and can be used in the showers (which, at least in Desmond, get pretty nasty as the session progresses)
  • Hats
  • Laundry hamper/bag
  • Magazines / Some form of entertainment for the weekends, in which you have large durations of personal time)
  • Masking and duct tape (for Love Tape Day, and to mark your lanyard/room card holder if you're prone to losing things)
  • Popcorn (can be popped in the 4th floor lounge in Desmond)
  • Sidewalk chalk - they often run out in the activity
  • Some sort of casino outfit (People generally wear a black dress/suit. Some talented youth bring heels, but, as a word of advice, wear pumps if you're comfortable going up and down stairs for 3 hours in them.)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt (for breaks during night class, when it's freezing in Sunken Gardens)
  • Tennis racket/balls (If Guys, both kinds are needed)
  • Towels: Beach towel, hand towel, full-sized shower towel for Last Thursday
  • Your lovely self! (not required)
  • xkcd

Baltimore (JHU)

  • Two pairs of sneakers, or durable flip-flops -- in case [read: when] the rain soaks the Gentle Slope
  • Hand-held Fans -- Because we're hot.
  • Umbrella, poncho, or rain jacket -- there may [read: WILL] be thunderstorm(s) or heavy rains
  • Hoodie/Sweater -- for cold classrooms
  • Extra dressy clothes -- for girls, for guys, for dances.
  • Ridiculously flashy clothing -- For Casino Night, and possibly Cross-Dressing Day (depends on how you want to dress for that.)
  • Ghost Stories
  • Laundry basket/hamper/bag
  • Power strip/extension cord -- power outlets may be hard to find.
  • Laundry detergent, and roughly $10 worth of quarters -- for doing laundry (laundry machines take somewhere around $1.25 for the washer and dryer, however the extra-large machines take around $1.50-$1.75)
  • iPhone or iPod Touch -- JHU runs a guest wi-fi network
  • A non-trivial amount of spending money -- your RA group can visit many restaurants (including Chipotle, which is incredibly expensive), the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, a local movie theater, and the Inner Harbor stores over the weekends. You can also get Chinese take-out, which costs money. The Book Thing, however, takes no money (The Book Thing is a warehouse-sized store where you can get books of all genres for free. It's a bit of a walk, though.)
  • Musical instruments and/or piano sheet music -- you will be able to practice during some activity periods in JHU's music rooms
  • Something to do outside after lunch period -- this usually includes books, frisbees, or footballs, because you are not allowed back in the dorms between lunch and the afternoon class


  • A lot of nice clothes for dances, Casino Night etc.
  • No need for desk lamp (school work isn't allowed in the dorms)
  • Food (Mostly popcorn, ramen, and mac and cheese)
    • A lot of microwaveable food is good
  • Plastic silverware and bowls for Ramen
  • More underwear than you think necessary
  • Tissues
  • Casino night money from past sessions
  • Multiple Sharpies of assorted color for t-shirt signing
  • Lots of money for pizza (Domino's) and Chinese take-out for after dances and Casino Night
  • Perhaps a soccer ball or tennis racquet (be careful of confiscation)
  • Band-Aids because there are a lot of places for people to trip
  • Bug-Spray
  • More sweatshirts, pants and blankets than you think necessary
    • The site is near the ocean so you get a lot of breeze
    • The classrooms are HEAVILY air conditioned
  • Wipes if you are planning to do paint twister
  • Clothes that can be torn or dirty


  • Clothes of every color for Swashbuckler (Colors/teams: red, black, white, blue, orange/yellow "Reese's", green, pink, purple)
  • At least 10 pairs of underwear in case you run short before Laundry Day
  • NOT a desk lamp - we don't even do homework in our dorms
    • I disagree. Although we don't do homework, desk lamps are great for providing light during sleepovers/ISOs.
  • Random looking clothes for the dances: neon, sea-themed, movie/hollywood, outer space, etc
  • Nice looking clothes for Casino Night & Semi Formal
  • Extra Money for:
    • Wawa
    • Bookstore trips
    • Ordering Domino's/Pizza Doro/Chinese food
  • Tennis racket
  • Bug spray<especially if in Easton dorms>
  • I SECOND THAT: there are gnats on the quad and OMG BRING BUG SPRAY
  • Girls: Lots of hair products for dances
  • NOTE: There is no need to bring quarters for washing machines/ dryers. As of 2008, all washing machines/dryers are free.
  • Expo Markers to write on the white-board on your dorm door, or on other peoples', or even your RA. (see Illuminati wars from 16.2)
  • Guys: Bring a lot of cologne and nice clothing for the dances. DONT MAKE OUT IN THE UPSTAIRS FARINON BATHROOM!
  • SPOONS: Blammo is very likely, so bringing unofficial decoy spoons is a good idea.
  • BRING WATER. The only functioning water fountains in Keefe are in the basement. The tap is fine to drink, however.
  • For those of you taking Great Cases- PLEASE bring appropriate clothing for field trips.


  • Flashlights are not banned
  • Tennis racket if desirable
  • PASSIONFRUIT JUICE! There was none available in 2012
  • Badminton racket
  • Bathingsuit if desirable
  • Dress clothes for semi-formal dance
  • Your heart
  • Your brain


  • non-flashy clothes which you don't mind getting dirty
  • water bottle
  • tennis racket (although actually playing depends on availability of courts each day)
  • spending money for the local area, thrifting etc.
  • Power strip/extension cord -- power outlets are in awkward corners
  • sidewalk chalk
  • henna cones